When you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando or any other theme park, you think of rides, characters and lots of fun. You probably don’t think about miles and miles of walking, carrying a heavy backpack and standing in lines. But there are some things that you can do before your trip that will make your time at the parks more enjoyable – things that your feet, arms and legs will thank you for! Here are 8 ways to get in shape before your next theme park trip:

1. Set your alarm

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You’re probably going to want to take advantage of every moment you can at the park, so start trying to get up early and staying as active as possible throughout the day. This way, your body will be more accustomed to those future Extra Magic Hours and late nights. And exercising in the morning can give you energy that can last all day long.

2. Start lifting

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Those bags filled with theme park necessities can be heavy, especially after a long day of lugging them, so why not try lifting some weights to build some endurance? If you don’t have dumbbells at home, you can make your own weights out of some household supplies. A gallon milk jug filled with water weighs about 8 pounds, and if that’s too heavy, you can fill it halfway. You could also try push-ups, or you could try wearing your backpack or purse around the house as much as possible. Fill it with the items you plan on taking with you.

3. Take a hike

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You already know that you’re going to be on your feet much more on your trip than you probably are at home, so start making movement part of your regular routine. Walks, runs and jogs in your neighborhood or nearby park are wonderful, and there are other ways to sneak some more fitness into your day. Try parking farther away than you usually would at shopping centers; taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work; and making a new rule that if you’re on your phone, you must be moving at the same time! 

4. Hold yourself accountable

If you count down the days until your trip, add a note underneath each day on the calendar that outlines a specific fitness goal, such as “walk 10,000 steps” or “work out with an exercise routine video.” YouTube has tons of results when searching for the term “exercise video,” and most of them don’t require any special equipment. You may want to invest in a pedometer to track your steps, though. And don’t forget to keep your eyes on the prize – that upcoming trip!

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